Visiting Writer in Residence in Creative Nonfiction: Workshop and Tutorial

Saint Mary's College of California | Moraga, California | Standing Offer

Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College. 

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.
Reporting to the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, the Writer in Residence teaches the graduate level Workshop/Tutorial in fiction and serves the Saint Mary's College literary community, participating in the MFA Program's afternoon conversation series and meeting regularly with students. Candidates should also be comfortable in a small classroom teaching environment that is student-centered with an interactive learning style. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the mission of the College, which is  informed, animated and expressed by its Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions.

This position is for the Spring 2018 semester, workshops will be held Wednesdays 4:00-7:15pm and Tutorials dates are TBD.

Please note that courses will be assigned to current qualified adjunct faculty members who apply during the first 14 days of the posting (BY: 3/29/2017) in the following order:
1. Seniority of those who have taught the course previously up to their average.
2. Seniority of those who have not taught the course up to their average.
3. Seniority rotation above their average up to seven (7) course values.
If the course is not assigned to a current qualified adjunct faculty member under the process above, it may be assigned to a new hire after the 14 day period for current adjunct faculty members to apply has elapsed.
Experience and Qualifications
Candidates must have a significant publishing nonfiction, at least one published book of nonfiction; demonstrated prior teaching experience, enthusiasm for teaching in a student-centered learning community, along with a strong commitment to liberal arts education. The MFA Program seeks writers who are committed to a diverse multicultural curriculum to serve the diverse student and campus environment.
Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply on-line at
  1. Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College
  2. A resume
  3. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references. 
In applying for a position, candidates sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.

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College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

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